Friday, August 19, 2016

English IV Syllabus

English IV

Mr. James Mulhern
4th Period Planning
james.muhern@browardschools.com

Notes on Rhetoric

 Rhetoricians, Jan Steen (no date)
Listen carefully during class and take good notes on the following terms/ideas:

English IV--Vocabulary List One


Due August 30, 2016 

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example: names of places,allusions to famous things, literary termsf); nevertheless, you should know them. 

  • Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). 

All Classes--Letter of Introduction

The Son of Man, Rene Magritte (1946)
Due August 23, 2016

In a letter of introduction tell me some things about yourself. I am interested in authentic responses. I want to know about you so I can help you achieve your goals.

Some ideas of what to write about are listed below:
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses in both writing and reading? How can I help you most?
  • If you are enrolled in AP English, what are your specific reasons for taking this class? (does not have to be a love of English)
  • What is your favorite subject and why (does not have to be English)?
  • What are your goals and aspirations for the future?  Do you want to go to college?  If so, where?  What do you want to study? If you do not want to attend college, what are your plans?

How to Write an Analysis Essay

                                       How to Write an Analysis Essay
  • Analysis means explaining (with textual evidence, i.e., quotes) how an author effectively renders/shows/establishes a particular literary aspect. For example, theme, mood, characterization, conflict.  Before you begin to write the essay, you have to figure out what larger aspect of the text you will be analyzing. (Sometimes your teacher will assign a specific literary aspect for you to analyze; other times, you will have to choose that literary aspect on your own.)  As you are reading the text, you need to find excellent examples (quotes) that will support that larger literary aspect.

Types of Writing and Language Questions on the PSAT/SAT



The following information was excerpted/adapted from Barron's Strategies and Practice for the New PSAT/NMSQT. These examples will be helpful for both the PSAT and SAT.

AP English Language and Composition Syllabus

The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali (1931)

  AP English Language and Composition
Mr. James Mulhern
4th Period Planning
james.muhern@browardschools.com

      
Course Description

AP English--AP Terms, Set One

Reply to Red, Yves Tanguy (1943)
Due August 30, 2016

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices.  Write the term and the definition in your binder (to be collected).  Also include at least one example for each AP Term/rhetorical device. You may search the Internet for examples. Then explain why/how you think particular examples are effective (concentrate on the meaning of the words themselves). Highlighting, labeling, and numbering (overall clearly and neatly written items) are necessary.

English IV--Beowulf Notes



Background for Anglo-Saxon England: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/celts.htm (link to great page on British history by Mandy Barrow--Kent, United Kingdom)

The literature of the Middle Ages dates from 500 AD to 1500 AD. Beowulf, created/composed sometime between 750 and 900 AD, was an oral composition. It was first written down in approximately 1000 AD.

Pointers for the New PSAT/SAT Reading Section


Use this handout to improve metacognition and familiarity with Reading Test question types. The information provided below is appropriate for any standardized Reading Assessment, as most such tests utilize the same question types.

The SAT Reading Test 2016

(Information in this document was excerpted and adapted from The Official SAT Study Guide of the College Board, 2015.)

Consider purchasing The Official SAT Study Guide for March 2016 and beyond. The book is an excellent resource. It is available through the College Board Store or Amazon.com.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

AP English--The Great Gatsby due May 17, 2016


Scholars: Read and take copious notes. Expect test/essay or both on due date. Chunk your reading.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

English II Vocabulary List Ten--Due April 26, 2016


Due April 26, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. 

  • Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste).